Saturday, 11 January 2014

The last post

This is the last post I am going to make on this blog. I'm moving over to Wordpress, where I can keep a better handle on different projects I am working on and reduce my blogs from three to two!

Please follow me over there where I will be carrying on exploring random and abandoned places, amongst many other things.

http://alexjrankin.wordpress.com/

Thanks for reading

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Undercity cathedral


Down in the undercity cathedral, I watch the closing moments of the day play out. Sunlight bounces off of surfaces, drawing inky black shadows that cut through grafitti, creating new compositions. Meanwhile, a hidden river flows beneath concrete slats, its unknown depths swirling menacingly as it makes its way to a brighter future in Eastville Park.
I stay until the last of the sun falls behind the trees, looking along the slats like they're an unmade road to home. Then I leave before its all lost to darkness.




























Monday, 15 July 2013

Cyren

This is the title of a curious film by Bristol artist, Tom Mead, which depicts a fantastical city where the rich live at the top and the poor dwell in the underbelly. Despite the film only being a couple of minutes long, I love the scale of the world that is presented, with only a tiny part of it explored by the mysterious character and the rest of it left to the imagination.
As for the storyline, I guess you have to make your own mind up as to what it's all about..

http://vimeo.com/14420569

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Capturing the mood

A friend of mine who is a youth worker asked me if I would be interested in coming up with some images to go with an article he was posting on a website called Youth Policy. Rather than going online and sourcing some generic images, he wanted something more conceptual to help illustrate the topic or theme of the piece and thought of me!
It's a really interesting idea and I love the thought of trying to interpret a theme or message in an abstract sense. It's also great that my images are being used in an overall, positive way; supporting an article that's shedding light on the many difficult questions that surround youth work.

You can find the article here.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Take pictures with your heart

This is a short film about the work of Jessica Backhaus, a Berlin-based urban photographer, with a real passion for exploring her environment. I am particularly interested in the way she works and her attitude towards finding pictures - something I feel I can relate to when I'm out and about with my camera.